politico: Boris Johnson confirmed he was the author of a “blockbuster” movie script set in Iraq and Syria that failed to impress a “very distinguished director.”
Evening Standard columnist Emily Sheffield wrote last week that Johnson wrote a movie script in 2015 and sent his pitch to potential collaborators with the line: “Here is the new blockbuster: Mission to Assyria.”
Sheffield described the script as “hilariously awful” and reported Johnson’s description of the opening scenes: “We begin with a sickening montage of atrocities: beheadings of innocent people in orange jumpsuits, torchings of Shias, rapes of Yazidi women, and footage of the smashing and the demolition of the Assyrian cities … These bestial crimes are orchestrated by a horrible cologne-drenched jihadi with an air of mincing menace.”
Asked on Tuesday if he could confirm he was the author, Johnson said: “I can.”
“I did send it to a very distinguished director and I’m embarrassed to say that I had no answer back,” the prime minister said. “I was so crestfallen that I didn’t pursue it. It was absolutely brilliant.” He said he abandoned the idea after seeing an advert for the George Clooney film “The Monuments Men.”
“I thought, ‘Damn, that’s probably my idea.’”
Johnson’s script featured an archaeologist described as an “old Clooney/Connery/Eastwood type in his fifties” named Marmaduke Montmorency Burton who teams up with a “gorgeous but scholarly” younger woman to rescue relics. Johnson reportedly wanted Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson to play the female lead.
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